New & Noteworthy Books

New Books from Independent &
University Presses

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Posted on November 11, 2010


A Life Crossing Borders coverA Life Crossing Borders

Memoir of a Mexican-American

Nonfiction by Rev. Santiago Tafolla

Translated from the Spanish by Fidel Tafolla

Arte Publico Press, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-55885-597-7

Paperback: 244pp; $16.95

"New bilingual memoir reveals life of Mexican-American Confederate Preacher." //


Beauport coverBeauport

Poetry by Kate Colby

Litmus Press, December 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-933959-11-5

Paperback: 120pp; $15.00

Julian T. Brolaski writers, "In Beauport, Kate Colby tells the tale of the decorator and designer Henry Davis Sleeper, braiding in prose-lyric reminisces of her own New England upbringing and 'anti-ekphrastic' poems after Currier & Ives lithographs of the Victorian-era leisure class."


Big Bright Sun coverBig Bright Sun

Poetry by Nate Pritts

BlazeVOX [books], October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-60964-020-0

Paperback: 90pp; $16.00

The fourth full-length collection of poetry from the editor of H_NGM_N and H_NGM_N B_ _KS.


Bone Fires coverBone Fires

New and Selected Poems

Poetry by Mark Jarman

Sarabande Books, February 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-932511-89-5

Paperback: 304pp; $16.95

"[C]ollects work from over thirty years and charts [Jarman's] spiritual development as he grows from a poet of childhood and nostalgia to a poet of adulthood and the struggle of faith."


Bound to Last coverBound To Last

30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book

Nonfiction Ed. Sean Manning

Da Capo Press, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-306-81921-6

Paperback: 240pp; $15.95

"[A]n amazing array of writers come to the passionate defense of the printed book with spirited and never-before-published essays celebrating the hardcover or paperpack that matters most to them--not necessarily because of its contents, but because of its meaning to them as a one-of-a-kind, irreplacable object."


The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands coverThe Captain Asks For a Show of Hands

Poetry by Nick Flynn

Graywolf Press, February 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-574-6

Hardcover: 104pp; $22.00

Nick Flynn's first new poetry collection in nearly a decade.


Climate Reply coverClimate Reply

Poetry by Trey Moody

New Michigan Press, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-934832-26-4

Chapbook: 27pp; $9.00

Finalist in the Diagram/New Michigan Press 2010 Chapbook Contest. //



Did You Hear About the Fighting Cat? coverDid You Hear About the Fighting Cat?

Poetry by Omar Perez

Translated from the Spanish by Kristin Dykstra

Shearsman Books, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-84861-132-0

Paperback: 149pp; $17.00

A new bilingual edition from the contemporary Cuban poet Omar Perez. "The question of Zen's potential relation to Cuban culture is at once raised for debate and answered (albeit indirectly) within these poems." //


Early Pleasures coverEarly Pleasures

Memoirs of a Sensual Youth

Nonfiction by Frederick Kohner

Black Heron Press, January 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-930773-96-0

Hardcover: 178pp; $23.95

Winner of the Black Heron Press Award for Social Fiction.


engulf - enkindle coverengulf - enkindle

Poetry by Anja Utler

Translated from the German by Kurt Beals

Burning Deck Press, December 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-936194-03-2

Paperback: 93pp; $14.00

"Stretching syntax and semantics, Utler's poems trace speech to its roots in the lungs, the throat, the tongue, and let it emerge as sound and song."


Glass Really is a Liquid coverGlass is Really a Liquid

Poetry by Bruce Covey

No Tell Books, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0982600016

Paperback:” 137pp; $16.99

The fourth book of poetry from the editor of the web-based poetry magazine and book publishing press Coconut.


Greensward coverGreensward

Poetry by Cole Swenson

Ugly Duckling Presse, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-933254-65-4

Paperback: 64pp; $14.00

"The short sections of poetry and prose, sometimes plainspoken, sometimes poised precariously on the line between sense and non-sense, are dovetailed into engravings of 18th century gardens by artist John Roque."


Heaven & Earth Holding Company coverHeaven & Earth Holding Company

Poetry by John Hodgen

Univ of Pittsburgh Press, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8229-6114-7

Paperback: 73pp; $14.95

"New collection has aura of funky wit and deep emotion."


I'm Not Muhammad coverI'm Not Muhammad

An Ordinary Rendition

Fiction by Jason Trask

Red Wheelbarrow Books, February 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9759515-2-1

Paperback: 245pp; $14.95

"…chronicles an Arab-American's experience of the dark ad momentous days following 9/11." //


In the Next Room coverIn the Next Room

or the vibrator play

Drama by Sarah Ruhl

Theatre Comm Grp, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-55936-360-0

Paperback: 160pp; $13.95

USA Today declared this play "Best Broadway Play of 2009."


The Last Jewish Virgin coverThe Last Jewish Virgin

A Novel of Fate

Fiction by Janice Eidus

Red Hen Press, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-59709-393-4

Paperback: 148pp; $24.95

"Janice Eidus has re-imagined the gothic novel for contemporary readers, adding a dash of thriller and keen insights into the complex psychological inner-life of Millennials who came of age post 9/11."


Our Chrome Arms of Gynmasium coverOur Chrome Arms of Gymnasium

Poetry by Crystal Curry

Slope Editions, October 2010

IBN-13: 978-0-97776-985-8

Paperback: 94pp; $14.95

"The discomfort this book conveys, through lyric, image, and theme, leads readers into a kind of 'glee and mania' as a way to navigate through 'darker and emptier concerns.'"


Our Island of Epidemics coverOur Island of Epidemics

Fiction by Matthew Salesses

Pank, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9824697-3-6

Paperback: 40pp; $10.00

A collection of shorts from the author of The Last Repatriate (forthcoming from Flatmancrooked). //


Outtakes coverOuttakes

Poetry by Charles Wright

Sarabande Books, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1932511864

Paperback: 64pp; $16.95

Pairs previously-unpublished sestets by Charles Wright with abstract images created by Eric Appleby.


Radical Healing coverRadical Healing

Nonfiction by Rudolph M. Ballentine

Himalayan Inst Press, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-89389-308-8

Paperback: 644pp; $19.95

Deepak Chopra says, "This book will be an instant classic." //



Poetry by Christian Hawkey

Ugly Duckling Presse, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-933254-64-7

Paperback: 152pp; $17.00

"Envisioned in the form of a scrapbook, VENTRAKL folds poetry, prose, biography, translation practices, and photographic imagery into an innovative collaboration with the 19th/early 20th century Austrian Expressionist poet George Trakl." //


Volt coverVolt

Fiction by Alan Heathcock

Graywolf Press, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-577-7

Paperback: 208pp; $15.00

"In Volt, the work of a writer who's hellbent on wrenching out whatever beauty this savage world has to offer, Heathcock's tales of lives set afire light up the sky like signal flares touched off in a moment of desperation."


While the Women are Sleeping coverWhile the Women Are Sleeping

Fiction by Javier Marias

Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa

New Directions Books, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8112-1663-0

Hardcover: 176pp; $21.95

In the New York Times Book Review, Wyatt Mason has called Marias "one of the most original writers at work today."


You Know Who You Are coverYou Know Who You Are

Poetry by Ian Williams

Wolsak & Wynn Pub, April 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1894987417

Paperback: 80pp; $17.00

Carolyn Smart writes, "…a dazzling concoction of loneliness and hope, a wild display of the endless sparks and twists that become our lives."


New & Noteworthy Books

Full list of new & noteworthy books received


November 11, 2010

Children's/YA Nonfiction

Eco-tracking, Daniel Shaw, Univ of New Mexico Press



In the Next Room, Sarah Ruhl, Theatre Comm Grp

Passion Play, Sarah Ruhl, Theatre Comm Grp



Best Road Yet, Ryan Stone, Press 53

I'm Not Muhammad, Jason Trask, Red Wheelbarrow //

The Last Jewish Virgin, Janice Eidus, Red Hen Press

Our Island of Epidemics, Matthew Salesses, Pank //

Volt, Alan Heathcock, Graywolf Press

While the Women Are Sleeping, Javier Marias, New Directions Books

Widow, Michelle Latiolais, Bellevue Literary Press //

The Young in Their Country, Richard Cumyn, Enfield & Wizenty //

Zone, Mathias Enard, Open Letter



America in the Sixties, John Robert Greene, Syracuse Univ Press

Bound To Last, Ed. Sean Manning, Da Capo Press

Early Pleasures, Frederick Kohner, Black Heron Press

The Envoy, Alex Kershaw, Da Capo Press //

A Life Crossing Borders, Rev. Santiago Tafolla, Arte Publico Press //

Radical Healing, Rudolph M. Ballentine, M.D., Himalayan Inst Press //

Recovering the Hispanic History of Texas, Ed. Monica Perales, Raul A. Ramos, Arte Publico Press //



Beauport, Kate Colby, Litmus Press

Big Bright Sun, Nate Pritts, BlazeVOX [books]

Bone Fires, Mark Jarman, Sarabande Books

Brushstrokes and Glances, Djelloul Marbrook, Deerbrook Editions

The Captain Asks For a Show of Hands, Nick Flynn, Graywolf Press

Climate Reply, Trey Moody, New Michigan Press //

Did You Hear About the Fighting Cat?, Omar Perez, Shearsman Books //

engulf - enkindle, Anja Utler, Burning Deck Press

Glass is Really a Liquid, Bruce Covey, No Tell Books

Greensward, Cole Swenson, Ugly Duckling Presse

Heaven & Earth Holding Company, John Hodgen, Univ of Pittsburgh Press

Our Chrome Arms of Gymnasium, Crystal Curry, Slope Editions

Outtakes, Charles Wright, Sarabande Books

Success of the Seed Plants, Leslie Williams, Bellday Books, Inc. //

VENTRAKL, Christian Hawkey, Ugly Duckling Presse //

Vivisection, Eric Weinstein, New Michigan Press //

You Know Who You Are, Ian Williams, Wolsak & Wynn Pub

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